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Hearing from readers is one of the best parts of our job, bar none! And hearing that something we wrote or shared inspired you in your wedding planning is even sweeter. One nugget that seems to have really struck a chord with y’all? The vows library in the Southern Weddings Planner! I’ve read countless real wedding interviews right here on the blog where the couple mentioned finding their vows on those pages. Today, we’re sharing an excerpt from that section – nine of the most romantic wedding vows to inspire you as you plan your ceremony.

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Did you write your own vows, or use the traditional ones? My husband and I did both! :)

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I am pretty sure that today’s bride, Corinne, and I are wedding soul sisters–a spring date, a church ceremony, a classic getaway car, snazzy signature cocktails, and blush blooms galore? Yes please to all of the above! While even the smallest details (hello, gorgeous escort card board!) can contribute to the moments you’ll remember from your wedding day, I love the way Corinne and Greg were also sure to plan a few particularly special opportunities for the two of them to celebrate together, like their post-ceremony getaway car ride and the private last dance they shared to close out their reception. That commitment to creating intentional moments has even carried over into their newlywed life–one of Corinne and Greg’s favorite activities is hosting dinners on the porch of their new Atlanta townhouse!

Thanks so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Graham Terhune for sharing this special day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I decided to take a lunch break to look at dresses one day. I ended up finding one that I absolutely loved, but I knew I couldn’t make a decision without consulting my mom. I tried on a few more dresses at boutiques in Atlanta, but nothing could quite live up to the delicate lace and silk organza of the dress at Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem. The store was really accommodating and actually sent the dress to their Charlotte location for me. I tried it on one more time and knew it was the one!

I had seen pictures of beautiful white and blush bouquets on Southern Weddings that I used as inspiration for our florist! We included white peonies, ranunculus, and David Austin roses in all of the bridesmaid bouquets, all tied up with hand-dyed silk ribbon. My bouquet had a special touch of white lilac and a jeweled piece from my mom’s wedding bouquet.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We had a traditional Catholic ceremony that started at 2 P.M., a bit earlier than most weddings! We decided to wait until the ceremony so that we could have that special moment of seeing each other for the first time as the church doors opened.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. We thought the traditional ones were just as meaningful, though!

One of our favorite details of the day was the vintage car that we drove away from the church in. Since we had the “Just Married” sign on the back, people cheered and honked as we drove to the reception!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? St. Pius X in Greensboro is a beautiful church and our family’s parish. We chose the Greensboro Country Club for our reception venue because of their great service, beautiful ballroom, and outdoor space for cocktail hour!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge we ran into was planning from afar. Greg and I had both just moved to Atlanta and it was difficult for us to break away from our new jobs to make trips up to NC. We had great vendors who made it easier, and my mom did a good amount of the planning remotely!

Greg and I are huge fans of dessert! We had a simple, four-tiered cake with chocolate (for him), lemon (for me), and traditional almond. We included our custom monogram from the invitation suite in gold on the third layer and decorated it with fresh flowers. It was delicious!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Greg and I danced the night away at our reception, and before we exited, we had one last dance, just the two of us. The band played Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” for us. It was such a special way to close out the best day of our lives!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Greg and I met at our alma mater, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Two of our best friends (who are now married as well) set us up on a blind date for homecoming weekend! We dated long distance for four more years as Greg finished up school in Charlottesville and I worked in Georgia and North Carolina.
Tell us all about the proposal! We met my sister and brother-in-law at my family’s home one weekend when my parents were out of town. We love to spend time in our hometown together and we had plans to eat at all of our favorite restaurants and play golf that day. My parents have a small boat, so we all decided go for a ride before dinner that night. Greg got down on one knee at the dock on the way down to the lake. To my surprise, my family and Greg’s then appeared around the corner to pick us up and kick off the celebration!
When did y’all get married? April 23, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 185
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Once Greg and I were both in Atlanta, we began pre-marital counseling with our local Catholic church. While we had been dating for a few years before getting engaged, the counseling provided a framework to discuss important aspects of our relationship.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We were absolutely thrilled to have Graham Terhune Photography as part of our wedding. Graham and his wife, Samantha, are such professionals and did a great job documenting the day and making us feel comfortable. We were also so happy to have our family help us make the welcome bags for our guests! Greg’s aunt made her famous “butter crunch” toffee and my sister made her signature decorated sugar cookies. We loved sharing a piece of both our families in those bags.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Our advice for wedding planning is to not sweat the details! Our priest ended up getting sick and not being able to make it to the wedding (thankfully, he has recovered and is doing better). We never expected such a big twist in our plans, but at the end of the day, nothing is more important than being surrounded by your closest family and friends on the day you get to marry your best friend!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are living in Atlanta for the next few years as Greg finishes up his training. We recently bought a townhouse and have loved hosting our friends and family for dinners on the deck! We are looking forward to getting to know the city better and taking trips as a married couple!

Photographer: Graham Terhune | Videographer: Twenty-One Films | Ceremony Venue: St. Pius X Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Greensboro Country Club | Florist: Botanica | Wedding Cake: Delicious Bakery | Rentals: CE Rentals | Band: Attraction | Paper Products: Southern Engraving | Bride’s Gown:“Addison” by Rivini | Hair Stylist: Emily Joyce of Mod Studio | Makeup Artists: Faith Webb and Shannon Brinn | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ice Cream Truck: Ice Queen

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Andrea reply

    The prettiest bride — Corinne was positively glowing that day! Such a fun wedding and special couple. So many amazing details!!!

  2. avatar sientatealamesa reply

    Beautifull wedding.

  3. avatar Sandee McClain reply

    It was a memorable day for everyone and Graham captured it perfectly! The bride and her family did a wonderful job with every last detail, creating a special day we will not soon forget.

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Emily and I wrote the Southern Weddings Planner in early 2014, and one of the best things about that timing was that it fell right after I got engaged! Having just scored the shelves of Barnes and Noble for a planner that fit my needs unsuccessfully, being able to turn around and help create exactly what I was looking for was quite a luxury. I know not every bride can do the same, but we created the Southern Weddings Planner to include everything we thought you might need–from tips and tricks we’ve gathered over a decade of working with vendors and interviewing brides, to plenty of space to dream and gather inspiration, to tons of organizational pages, to a few fun features we created just for the Planner (the dress shopping journal is my favorite!). However, for as much as we jam-packed into these pretty pages, there’s still more you can do to customize your Planner to fit your needs, and we hope you aren’t afraid to do just that! Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Add pocket pages for collecting important paperwork. While lots of the logistics are handled digitally nowadays, it’s inevitable that some papers will accumulate throughout your engagement. Clear sheet protectors are just a few dollars, and you can use as many or as few as you like for corralling loose pages. I personally added a pocket page for each of my major vendors, and used that pocket for any papers (contracts, scans of checks, brochures, etc.) corresponding to that person/company. If you prefer, three-hole-punch folders are another great option!

2. Rearrange the pages in a way that makes the most sense to you. Along with your overall inspiration board, we included pages in numerous sections for more specific inspiration boards (one for your look, one for your bridesmaid style, one for your flowers, etc.). Angela of Saffron Avenue rearranged the inspiration board pages to put them all together and make sure her vision was super cohesive–we love that idea! Since the Planner is a three-ring binder, it couldn’t be easier to move things around if you want to.

3. Supplement with printables. In a few places throughout the Planner (like the Calendar pages and Thank You Note Tracker, to name a few), we give you access to a link where you can download additional pages if you need them. Don’t let running out of space be an excuse to fall behind in keeping track of the important stuff–download and print a few extra pages right off the bat if you think you might need them!

4. Skip pages. We tried to include everything we thought a Southern bride may need while planning a wedding in the Planner, but every wedding (and every couple!) is different. If you and your beau prefer a different tracking system, are planning a nontraditional celebration that requires some different planning strategies (maybe an elopement or two receptions in multiple locations), or something simply doesn’t apply to you, skip it! You don’t need to fill in every page in order to use your Planner well.

5. Repurpose the Planner after your wedding. While we love the idea of keeping your Planner intact as a keepsake, we’ve also heard of some really fun, creative ways brides have transformed their Planners post-wedding! Here are a few: add photo pages and create a scrapbook, use it to keep your newlywed life organized (we love these free printables from our friend, Emily Ley!), or add pocket pages to collect mementos from vacations and adventures.

If you have more ideas for personalizing your Planner, we’d love to hear them in the comments below or via the hashtag #SWPlanner! And if you haven’t picked up a Planner yet (for yourself or your favorite bride-to-be–they make a perfect engagement gift!), find them in the Southern Weddings Shop.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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